Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Conservative Party and social policy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Hugh Bochel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424334

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424334.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Social security and welfare reform

Social security and welfare reform

(p.145) eight Social security and welfare reform
The Conservative Party and social policy

Stephen McKay

Karen Rowlingson

Policy Press

This chapter argues that the Coalition government looks set to have important aspects of continuity with the approach of New Labour, but also some important areas of difference. It also evaluates the kinds of reforms proposed against the yardstick of Hall's orders of change. It begins by briefly outlining New Labour's legacy. In particular, it investigates the poverty issue, a policy issue that clearly distinguished New Labour from the previous Conservative government. Next, it looks at making work pay. Pensions and income security in retirement are also explored. A number of other important changes were announced as part of the 2010 budget, including a freezing in the value of Child Benefit for three years, from 2011/12. The reforms announced to date strongly reflect cost-cutting agenda, with measures aimed at areas where spending has been growing rapidly — including tax credits and support for rents in the public and private sector.

Keywords:   social security, welfare reform, Coalition government, New Labour, poverty, work, pensions

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.